Family Remembers Walter Baker, Funeral Arrangements Made

By: Daniel Kemp Email
By: Daniel Kemp Email

A former Kentucky lawmaker and Supreme Court justice is being remembered for putting the people of the state before his political party.

It's hard to say the name Walter Baker in Glasgow and have someone not know who you're talking about.

The 73-year-old lawyer passed away Monday and this afternoon we spoke to some of those closest to him.

"It's been a wonderful life with Walter," said Jane Baker, Walter's long-time wife. "He was a wonderful husband. He's been a wonderful father and partner, and an example for all of us to live by."

Out of all the politicians and all the people he met, none knew Walter Baker better than his wife, Jane.

"After our first date, he made the mistake of telling his land lady that he was going to marry me," Jane smiled and said.

45 years, two children and a grand-baby later, Baker is a legend to those he loved.

"I know he's with me right now," Baker said. "I've looked up in the sky a couple of times today and said, 'Thank you for all your support and help.'"

The long-time lawyer's office remains untouched from when he left it late last year.

From his state senate chair to his fascination with aviation, all were part of who he was until news came that know one expected.

"They found that he had pancreatic cancer," Baker said.

Walter Baker served in the Kentucky House and Senate.

He was appointed to the state Supreme Court in 1996.

"It was tiring and it was hard," Baker said. "But it was fascinating and fun."

Baker, a Republican, was known for working for the people, instead of for the party.

"It was not the party first," Baker said. "It was the issue and what was good for Kentucky."

What was good for Kentucky and good for his family -- they're two traits of Walter Baker never to be forgotten.

"I know he is still with us," Baker said. "And what he gave us will always be with us."

Funeral services have been set for Walter Baker.

The family says visitation will be Friday from 2p.m. - 8p.m. at the A.F. Crow and Son Funeral Home in Glasgow.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11a.m. at the First Christian Church. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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